I just created a "Professional Weavers" group.
I have often felt, upon attending conferences and guild meetings, that as a professional weaver my experience is vastly different from others. The constraints and limits that I face in having my weaving fit well into my financial life helps create my focus. There are so many benefits to this and also some drawbacks.
I am in the process of preparing for a nine day fair (League of NH Craftsmens fair at Sunapee) and realized two days ago that the fabric I thought I had plenty of, I was out of stock on. I wound a 400 thread warp, dressed my loom and wove eleven yards of fabric yesterday. Today, I am quickly moving on to all the other projects that need to get finished during the next week.
Does this feel familiar to anyone else out there?? In most fields, guilds are professional organizations. In weaving, they tend to be hobby organizations, which is great, but I'd love more of a support network within the guild structure.